Most people make a packing list to ensure that they do not leave anything important at home. Typically, they think about the activities they are likely to want to enjoy and let that inform which items they take on their travels. This is an excellent approach, which works really well. However, one activity a lot of people forget to think about is sleeping. They tend to simply pack what they normally wear at home. This was something I really had to think about when spending the weekend in Majorca with my best friends earlier this year.
Sometimes they are lucky and that approach works fine. Other times, they end up bitterly regretting that decision and find themselves unable to sleep well. This is a real shame because as you can see here there is no shortage of different styles of sleepwear and pyjamas for you to buy. All you need to do is to consider the factors below to choose the right type of nightwear for your travels.
The local night-time temperatures
Your first consideration has to be how hot or cold it is likely to be. If you know you are going to be staying somewhere that is very hot, something sleeveless and lightweight is usually the best option. On the other hand, if you are planning to stay somewhere cold a onesie is going to be a far better choice. There is a big difference in the weather between the UK and Florida on our Disney holidays.
If you are staying in a hotel or well-appointed bed and breakfast accommodation, there is likely be heating or air-conditioning. Therefore, in theory, you could wear whatever you like in bed. However, you should bear in mind that you may be unlucky. It is possible that the heating or air-conditioning will not work properly. In that situation, you will be pleased you have taken local temperatures into account when choosing your holiday nightwear. You are far more likely to be able to stay comfortable enough to be able to relax and sleep properly.
What the locals wear
Packing something that is as similar to what local residents of the place you are visiting typically wear can also be a good approach. Doing this greatly improves your chances of being comfortable at night. As you can see from this article the type of sleepwear people wear really does vary from country to country. Usually, there are good reasons for this, so it makes sense to tap into this local knowledge and dress in a similar way.
If you are staying in shared accommodation you will want to choose something that is modest. That way if you do get caught in the corridor on the way to the bathroom by another guest you will not feel too self-conscious.
It is also worth thinking about what would happen should you need to leave your room during the night, for example, because of a fire or another emergency. Hopefully, this will not happen, but having a lightweight night robe on hand is always a good idea.
What is already provided by your host?
In some types of accommodation, for example, items like nightgowns and slippers are already provided by many hotels. Therefore, there is no need for you to pack these bulky items that can take up a lot of space in your case.
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